If I am to be my Self in the world, I must be for others as well as myself. There is no other.
I am willing to be receptive to the Infinite Love of All. I am willing to understand how I must rise above the struggles and pains of the world. I am willing to rise again and again with each call for help, each outstretched hand. I am willing to be the one to choose to change. I offer my pain, suffering, guilt, and blame up for transformation, into the light of Love, that I may see and give only the light of Love always.
When Facebook validates the Journey, I know I must be doing something right (at least, that’s one way to look at it). You know how FB reminds you of a memory, and asks if you’d like to share it again? All of mine recently have been really stupid, like horrible smoothies and other bad food experiences, so I didn’t share them. Today, though, FB was right there with me on the Journey…how did FB know!?? Apparently, I posted this 4 years ago on my timeline:
“…freedom must always be exercised in a concrete manner. We will freedom for freedom’s sake through our individual circumstances. And in thus willing freedom, we discover that it depends entirely on the freedom of others, and that the freedom of others depends on our own…I am obliged to will the freedom of others at the same time I will my own. -Jean Paul Sartre (bold, mine, today)
4 years ago, I hadn’t even started doing these Journeys; I don’t think they were even conceived at that time. Yet, I was posting ideas whose essence is reflected in the Guiding Thought for today.
I was kind of glad about the validation, because I had a bit of a rough morning. During my workout (my new morning practice, that is taking the place of my baths), my knee became funky (old injuries and lots of athleticism sometimes make it act up, so to say) and I had to stop the workout. Fortunately, I was able to tell myself, “This funky knee is going to go away as quickly and as quietly as it came, and my knee will be back to normal without me even knowing when or how”. And lo, at some point before I got to work, my knee was back to normal, and I didn’t even know when it happened! (I’m SOOOO happy I will be able to work out tomorrow!)
Then, also, when I was doing my meditation for the 7.125 billion people on the planet, I was totally, totally distracted. It was sort of like the mental-spiritual equivalent of what I experienced a couple of days ago, when I wrote Keep Pushing Play. In my distraction, I kept thinking, “I should just stop. This is not the right frame of mind to do this. I need to get centered and focused, then I can do this meditation.” But again: that’s not how this works. Show up. Do what is before you, whatever your mind-set. Keep pushing play.
There are days when I am fully immersed in my meditation. When I can visualize easily and vibrantly. On these days, I can tell I am going deep, really feeling the intention behind the meditation. But there are also days when I am very distracted, as I was today. There are so many variations between these on every other day. Who am I to say that one is “better” or more real than the other?
When I feel distracted, I figure it’s just that those meditative energies need to work on me in a deeper way than my conscious mind will allow. So, those energies distract me, and turn my mind to other things–they get “me” out of the way, so they can do what they need to within and through me.
For me, it’s more important to be who I am, where I am (mentally-emotionally-spiritually), and approach the practice from that place of authenticity, than it is to stop what I am doing “until I feel right about it”. Because if I did that, I would probably never feel right about anything.